If you or a loved one has gone through the agony of stillbirth, miscarriage, SIDS, or any other cause at any point during pregnancy or infancy, we want you to know that your pain is heard.
You are not alone.
As many as one in four pregnancies result in miscarriage or stillbirth.
It’s not something people typically talk about but that doesn’t change the high probability that someone you know has been affected by the loss of their baby.
It could be yourself, an immediate family member, the neighbor down the road, or in our case, a LifeDNA Member.
Regardless, we want to acknowledge the pain that comes with loss and stand by you during Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month.
DNA and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
While science is not yet able to solve all possible causes of pregnancy or infancy loss, our team at LifeDNA wanted to make a contribution, albeit a small one.
After months of sifting through peer-reviewed studies, our scientists were able to identify genomic markers which, if present in your DNA, could potentially contribute to recurrent pregnancy loss.
We’ll be rolling this out as a new trait in the honor of Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month in the next week.
Some of the genes we analyze for this trait are the VEGFA, F2, MTHFR, SAXO1 genes.
The new trait report will be added to our Fertility Report for our Platinum Members.
What You Need To Know About Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL), also known as recurrent miscarriage, is a surprisingly common occurrence, with approximately 15% of all clinically recognized pregnancies resulting in pregnancy failure.
It is defined as 3 consecutive pregnancy losses before 20 weeks from the last menstrual period. Based on the rate of sporadic pregnancy loss, the incidence of RPL is roughly 1 in 300 pregnancies.
Epidemiologic studies have identified that 1-2% of women experience recurrent pregnancy loss.
The best available data demonstrate that the risk of miscarriage in subsequent pregnancies is 30% after 2 losses and 33% after 3 losses among patients without a history of live birth.
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